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Torch Singer (1933)

Passed | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 8 September 1933 (USA)
When she can't support her illegitimate child, an abandoned young woman puts her up for adoption and pursues a career as a torch singer.

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(story "Mike"), (screenplay) (as Lenore Coffee) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Sally Trent, aka Mimi Benton
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Michael 'Mike' Gardner
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Dora Nichols
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Bobby, Dora's Baby at 1 Year (as Baby Le Roy)
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Andrew 'Juddy' Judson
Sam Godfrey ...
Harry, Radio Announcer
Florence Roberts ...
Mother Angelica
Virginia Hammond ...
Mrs. Julia Judson
Mildred Washington ...
Carrie, Mimi's Maid
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Sally at 5 Years
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Miss Spaulding
Albert Conti ...
Carlotti
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Agatha Alden
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Sally Trent has an illegitimate child, but cannot support her and gives the baby up for adoption. The father, Michael Gardner, leaves for China not knowing about the baby, and she assumes he has abandoned her for life. She gets a job as a torch singer, changes her name to Mimi Benton, and becomes notorious for her drinking and philadering. Mimi fills in on a children's radio program as the character "Aunt Jenny," singing and telling bedtime stories, and eventually uses the airtime to find her long lost daughter, part with her wild lifestyle, and reunite with Michael. Written by sarasdano

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The worst woman in New York...sang the best love songs! Lips that had kissed more men than she could remember ...crooned lullabies no one could forget!

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Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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8 September 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broadway Singer  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Quotes

Mimi Benton: [to baby daughter] Maybe... maybe you'll take a mother's advice before she goes. You might as well. That's the only thing she's got to give. Don't ever let any man make a sucker out of you. Make him know what you're worth. Anything they get for nothing is always cheap.
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Featured in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Love
(1933)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyric by Leo Robin
Played during the opening credits and at the end
Sung by Claudette Colbert at a nightclub
Reprised by Claudette Colbert at a nightclub
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Claudette Colbert Sizzles
20 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Claudette Colbert sizzles in this "women's film" about a girl gone bad who's forced to give her illegitimate baby up for adoption and then sets out to find her years later after she's become a famous nightclub singer.

This is melodrama good and proper, folks, so be prepared to suspend your disbelief if you're going to have a chance at enjoying it. But if you give in, you might just find what I found in this film, a sexy, sometimes funny, sometimes truly affecting story about a mother's love with an absolutely sensational actress making sure you buy it hook, line and sinker. Colbert is marvelous, and I couldn't take my eyes off of her whenever she's on the screen, which fortunately is most of the time.

Grade: B+


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